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Senator McEachin for governor in 2013?

Anita Kumar

State Sen. Don McEachin (D) is considering running for statewide office in 2013.

To anyone paying attention to Virginia politics these days, that news may not be exactly surprising. But they may be surprised to hear which of the state's three top jobs McEachin is considering.

McEachin is eyeing a run for governor and and we hear he has already spoken to a handful of Democrats about the possibility of running.

McEachin has launched a statewide political action committee, a Facebook page and blog . He's also attending Democratic events across the state -- far outside his Richmond- area Senate district. On Saturday, he will attend picnics in Charlottesville and Arlington.

McEachin said in an interview that he's focused on helping out in the 2010 elections and preparing for the 2011 legislative session. He said he plans to run for re-election in 2011.

"I have no idea right now what I might do,'' he said.

McEachin ran for attorney general in 2001 but lost to Republican Jerry Kilgore. He's been a frequent and vocal critical of Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell this year.

Democrats lost all three statewide races last November and have few obvious choices for who may run for governor in 2013.

Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who lost his party's nomination for governor last year, is widely expected to make another run in 2013. He has stayed active in state politics and has businesses interests in Virginia.

House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong is considering a run for statewide office, perhaps governor. We recently told you some are trying to recruit Sen. Chap Petersen of Fairfax County to run for governor. Other are trying to persuade former Del. Shannon Valentine, who lost her Lynchburg-area seat in November, to run.

Other Democrats being talked about for statewide office are Sen, Mark Herring of Loudoun County for attorney general, former Del. Brian Moran, who ran for governor last year, and former Del. Steve Shannon, who ran for attorney general and recently opened a PAC. But expect Moran and Shannon may end up back in the General Assembly before they make another run at statewide office.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate , Steve Shannon , Terry McAuliffe  
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Sen. Herring would be a fantastic candidate for statewide office. He works across multiple constituencies to get things done and has been focused on economic development and transportation throughout his career.

Virginia would do well with him in higher office.

Posted by: Paradox13VA | August 26, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I'd really hope Sen. Herring decides to run for a statewide office in 2013. I think he's brought a pragmatic and bipartisan approach to the Seante that would translate really well in the Governor's mansion.

Posted by: rez51 | August 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I'd really hope Sen. Herring decides to run for a statewide office in 2013. I think he's brought a pragmatic and bipartisan approach to the Seante that would translate really well in the Governor's mansion.

Posted by: rez51 | August 26, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Anita, I am not running for Governor. As Vice Chair for Outreach for the Democratic Party, I AM campaigning for and energizing Virginans about our Congressional candidates. As a member of State Senate I AM preparing for the upcoming session and next year's elections by trying to be the best State Senator I can be. There are a myriad of issues to think about and discuss with the people of Virginia. When you see me do these things, please know that I do them with a deep and abiding love for Virginia and her people. Please know that I do these things because the "fierce urgency of now" demands action. Tomorrow, including 2013, will take care of itself.


Posted by: DonaldMcEachin | August 26, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Herring and McEachin are both (mathematically) among the most liberal Democrats in Virginia - routinely scoring around 100% in favour of hot-button issues favoured by liberal interest groups. (Project VoteSmart)

Chap Petersen is more moderate - he could be electable.

The problem is that right now - both parties are drifting into their corners that I'm not sure a Moderate like Deeds or Warner can survive Primaries.

Posted by: mwcob | August 26, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

If people are talking about Chap Peterson running for Governor of Virginia, the Democratic Party is in sad shape. I don't think he has what it takes to be Governor. Also, he'll never get elected to statewide office epecially if he continues to wear that stupid bow tie and fails to keep his suit pressed.

Mark Herring would be a great candidate if he can get exposure in areas other than Loudoun County

Terry McAuliffe grossly miscalculated his support last year but may have some time to make corrections.

Don McEachin was weak in his 2001 run for Attorney General and may not have much support for Governor outside the counties surrounding the Richmond area.

Posted by: rmg4369 | August 26, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Don McEachin was soundly defeated when he ran for attorney general in 2001, which was otherwise a good year for Virginia Democrats. I frankly don't see another statewide candidacy by Sen. McEachin as being viable, especially considering the GOP is once again on the rise in the Old Dominion.

Posted by: austinrl | August 26, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

BS, Don. You've been looking for the next opportunity to run for higher office since your 2001 loss, but with Warner and Kaine in the Governor's mansion, you haven't been given a big enough soapbox to shout from. Finally with a Republican in charge, you have an enemy to rally against.

Why is it that whenever I see the name Donald McEachin in the news, it's always a criticism of the Governor's policies, or a cry of racism?

If you truly care about the Commonwealth, you would move past your own political aspirations and work with the Administration. You would move past silly partisanship and find common ground to better Virginia. Your name wouldn't be associated solely with negative attacks against McDonnell, but rather with an bipartisan effort to make VA better. You claim to have "a deep and abiding love for Virginia and her people," but all I've ever seen from you and your actions is a very transparent deep and abiding love for Don McEachin's political future. You're not fooling anyone, Senator.

Posted by: joe_hokie | August 27, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

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